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Brentwood Bay

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17 travelers at this place:

  • Day19

    We caught the bus out to Butchart Gardens and our first stop was, of course, at the coffee shop and we bumped into a couple from Australia who had been on the cruise with us (fancy that!). We thought the gardens were magnificent and we loved some of the planting designs which were simple but effective. Many of the plants were ones we see in our gardens in England but beautifully maintained. The ethos of the garden is a Victorian planting scheme of replacing the flowers every season, apparently they plant over 30,000 daffodils and 80% are composted at the end of the season.

    Jennie Butchart created the gardens over a hundred year's ago. The gardens were created out of the worked out lime quarry which had supplied her husband's nearby Portland cement plant. The gardens are still operated by the family and a team of 70 gardeners. The garden receives over a million visitors every year.

    When we returned to the garden we had a quick whirl around our apartments neighbourhood which is China Town. The Chinese came to Canada in the gold rush days but were treated very much as second class and were not allowed to make claims. Some worked on the railways and were paid much less than other workers, when the work was done they were sent back to Victoria where they had entered Canada. They didn't have enough money to return home so wooden houses were erected and that was the birth of China town.
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  • Day29

    Beautiful Butchart

    May 22 in Canada

    After hearing about this place over thirty years ago we were blessed with a perfect day for our visit. We seem to bring Brisbane sunshine and temps wherever we go!

    If you're into garden design, botanical names, people management and many other things, you would be in heaven. They know how to do gardens and tourists so well.

    Our trip covered the whole garden, taking over three hours and we just celebrated being here. Each section of the gardens, the colours, the design were a unique experience.

    Highlights were...
    The fluency of design
    Understanding how to make good feature gardens
    The way the crowds were managed
    The place was extremely well run
    Especially enjoyed the Japanese Garden and the glasshouse

    Sadly, six photos don’t do this place justice but it should never lessen the enjoyment and blessing of flowers and trees, their colour and design.

    Would we go back? Definitely, but at a different season - fall, early spring or winter time with snow. This place is a must-do on your bucket list!
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  • Day15

    Victoria en Butchart gardens

    September 6 in Canada

    Ons het direk van die Noordpool af lughawe toe gery (mens kan nie 2 vlugte in een vakansie mis nie). Arme ouma het niks geslaap behalwe die bietjie op die bus gisteraand nie, maar sy sit mos sommer net so regop en dan sak die kop vooroor en sy slaap rustig. Ons het toe Victoria toe gevlieg, waar Bets ons kom haal het en Butchart gardens toe gevat het. Dit was iemand se tuine en word nou in stand gehou deur 'n kommittee. Daar is soveel detail, water, kleur en verskeidenheid, dis eintlik oorweldigend. Ons het toe na Chrissa se werk gegaan waar ons wyn (in ouma se geval, pynappel gegeurde sodawater) geproe het. Sy is mal oor haar werk en doen baie goed. Ons het toe vir Cordel en Matthew by die skool gaan oplaai en gaan kyk hoe Matt sokker oefen. Ons is toe huis toe waar Paul vir ons Giouvetsi gemaak het vir aandete (hoogtepunt, want dis my gunsteling).Read more

  • Day32

    Walking Victoria, and Garden Inspiration

    September 2, 2017 in Canada

    We had a leisurely start, and having our own kitchen for the first time in weeks, decided we would feast on fresh eggs and Canadian bacon (do they just call it bacon here?😜). Lovely. I had succumbed to an $8 jar of Vegemite, as I was craving and a bit homesick!

    Nourished, we started a walk along the waterfront. It was a beautiful day, and it didn't take long for us to warm up. We walked toward Beacon Hill Park, becoming friendly with squirrels and a myriad of geese. We found the mile Zero marker, where the TransCanada Highway starts. There is a monument here to Terry Fox, who in the 80s at the age of 18, lost a leg to cancer and decided run across Canada from Newfoundland to raise money forfoes earth. He ran 26 miles a day, but unfortunately, 5 months in, he had to retire as his cancer returned, and he died. Another young man some years later, who had also lost his leg to cancer completed Terry's run, and finished at the Mile Zero site.

    There were markets on, and we browsed. We found the South Park School, where Terrence & Phillip must havegone to school 🤡.

    Later in the afternoon, we headed south from Victoria to Saarnich and Butchart Gardens. This was a very inspiring garden, very beautiful. The plants were not exotic, but fairly common plants - beautiful pelargoniums, begonias, lantana, celosia, daisy, and roses from around the world. The Japanese Garden was beautiful. There were lovely fountains, towers. Lovely.

    Afterwards, we drove though beautiful suburbs, before heading. Back to our apartment a bit foot sore. We are just about to head out for dinner.

    Tomorrow, we head to the US ferry terminal to catch a ferry towards Seattle, Washington.
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  • Day21

    Butchart Gardens

    August 28 in Canada

    Aufstehen heute sehr früh, um die Fähre nach Brentwood Bay zu erreichen. Sehr kleines Ding aber wir kommen mit 😎.
    Prima Wetter!
    Wir nähern uns einer der letzten Highlights unserer Reise - der bekannte Butchart Gardens. Ein Muss für jeden Touristen hier an der Ecke.
    Ein wunderschöner, farbenfroher und sehr geschmackvoll gestalteter Garten. Auf über 22 ha kann man die Pflanzenvielfalt mit einer unglaublichen Blütenpacht entdecken. Ein Wahnsinn! Jedes Jahr werden im ganzen Garten bis zu einer Million Pflanzen gesetzt. Respekt!
    Seinen Ursprung verdankt er Jennie Butchart, die 1904 den stillgelegten Steinbruch ihres Mannes verschönerte. Finden wir super 👍 gute Idee von der Frau.
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  • Day27

    Butchart Gardens and Victoria

    October 16, 2017 in Canada

    My sister organised a trip to Butchart Gardens and Victoria through her friend Rhoda while we were still spending time with Tita Agot in New York. She secured the trip for us to go with West Coast Tour.

    It was raining when we woke up early to ready for the day. We were praying and hoping that the weather in Victoria would be different. We had our breakfast and then called the cab to head to Robson on Rosedale hotel. There, we waited for the tour bus for quite some time and instead of being picked up at 0845am, the bus came at 0915 instead.

    Our tour guide's name was John. He was very descriptive about Vancouver and its suburbs. He even had input regarding the real estate prices, the connection of the places we were passing through to the first nation, the livelihood background of the locals, and how Victoria's weather is affected by the geography in Seattle.

    We waited to board the ferry service that will take us to Vancouver Island at Tsawwassen Port, and there my mom and sister purchased some new hat wear. My dad sacrificed his desire to buy himself a cap he liked so he could buy mom the one she fancied.

    I was thoroughly surprised by the ferry. It was huge, with two floors of storage dedicated for vehicles alone and can contain trucks and buses. But not only that, it also had 3 floors of passenger capacity teeming with retail shops, cafés and a buffet restaurant.

    My sister treated us to a relaxing lunch buffet up in the front deck of the ship ferry. There was a 180 degree view of the Salish Sea and the ship passed by Sturdies and later, Swartz Bay. It was still cloudy and rainy outside, but it was a wonder to watch the birds trying to make their way across the gray body of water attempting to catch fish despite the dreary weather.

    Upon arriving at Vancouver Island, we were then driven off to Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay.

    What a sight. There was so much to see in such a small amount of time. Our tour guide only gave us an hour and a half. We tried our best, we probably spent most of the time in the Sunken Gardens, and later, in a section with an assortment of flowers. It was tough to get pictures when everywhere you look at there are tourists upon tourists fighting for that same photo angle. On another note, apart from the landscaping and the myriad of plants exhibited, there were very interesting water fountains sourced from all around the world scattered in the garden.

    We were second to the last in returning to the bus. John then took us to Victoria, the Provincial capital. It was a nice port city, but unlike Vancouver it did not have any mountains surrounding it. On the way, John introduced us to the local Chinatown and its rich history, pointing out the narrow brick-walled Fan Tan Alley, where, later on, my sister and I had a picture at. He dropped us in front of the Royal BC Museum where we were instructed to return there in an hour and a half's time.

    We had a lovely afternoon tea in La Roux Patisserie and enjoyed their bread pudding and Opera cake. On the way back, my sister and I walked past Bastion Books in Bastion square where there were plenty of rare and second hand books (the smell of the book shoppe was thick with antiquity). Then we took pictures of the British Columbia Legislature building and the Fairmont Empress hotel. They were regal looking structures both facing the harbour--commanding yet elegant all at once. The waters mirrored the gloomy skies but thankfully there was no rain at this stage.

    Afterwards John drove us through a town called Sidney, apparently it is often used as setting for North American soap operas. Unfortunately it had grown too dark when we got there and the temperature outside the bus had dropped making the windows all fogged up, so all we had to rely on were John's commentaries.

    When we got back to the very wet Vancouver, we said hello to my sister's friend Rhoda at the hotel reception desk, then we braved the rain to buy takeaway from a nearby Maccas. We were very grateful for the divine providence of our transport home when just after our orders arrive, a taxi pulls over right in front of us, then a couple alights, as if on cue.
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